Our Opinion

The POCO X3 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the POCO X3 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

POCO X3 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
POCO X3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
65.0
47.8
Value for Money Score
91.2
82.4
Price ₹ 18,499 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2020 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.67 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10 Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 732GRanked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.9 Aperture; 1/1.73" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 119-degree ultra-wide; 1.0um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/120fps; [email protected], EIS 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 119° Field-of-view; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60/120fps; [email protected], EIS, Ultra Nightscape mode, AI scene detection, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio Lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos
Secondary Camera 20MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 27mm Focal length; 1/3.4"; 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Age recognition, AI Beautify, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 10 mmThick 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 225 gmHeavy 209 gmHeavy
Width 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IP53 Rated) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 5020 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 33W Fast Charging (100% in 65 min) Yes, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Unique, flashy rear design - the polycarbonate back has a thick etched strip running through the middle with large Poco branding towards the bottom which shines in iridescent colours when light hits it
  • The front has a sleek look with just a single punch-hole camera in the middle-top and thin bezels
  • The Poco X3 is well-built for a phone at its price
  • The side-positioned fingerprint scanner is easy to find, very responsive, and accurate
  • There’s also IP53 rating for dust and water resistance
  • Vibrant and crisp 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen - the expansive canvas with smooth transitions and rich colours with high refresh rate make it one of the best in this segment
  • The 120 Hz refresh rate is exclusive to Poco for this segment - it makes the UI very quick and responsive and general content and scrolling on the display looks smooth
  • HDR10 support for content and sites like YouTube while Widevine L1 brings high-res OTT streaming
  • Poco's UI is identified as Poco Launcher as well as MIUI in different parts of the UI - MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimisation - everything is neatly categorized and colour coded for easier access
  • Excellent performance for the price from the new Snapdragon 732G SOC - it raises the bar in terms of how smooth budget phones can be - regular usage like scrolling pages, switching between apps is extremely fluid and heavy games like COD: Mobile can also be cranked up to higher graphics or frame rates for a respectable performance
  • Good quad cameras for the price - a 64MP primary snapper, a 13MP ultrawide shooter, followed by a 2MP macro cam and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The default 16MP photos from the main camera are excellent for this class - there is enough detail, high contrast, and commendable dynamic range - the colours are on the warmer side, but other than that the Poco X3 performs splendidly for its price
  • The ultrawide photos are quite good for a mid-ranger - they are quite detailed, the colours are nice and there is a reasonably wide dynamic range, the lens distortion correction is decent
  • The macro camera is decent for the occasional snap of a flower or bug
  • The portrait shots are pretty detailed - the Poco X3 is a capable portrait shooter with proficient subject separation and natural-looking blur
  • The low-light photos from the camera are decent, with enough details and light - the night mode brightens the whole scene and restores the highlights, the photos look great on the phone's screen and in low resolution on social media
  • The 20MP samples from the front camera present enough details, the colours are nice, and the contrast is excellent - portrait selfies are available and are decent
  • Video recording is good from both primary and ultra-wide cameras - electronic stabilization is available for the cameras
  • Good set of stereo speakers - the speakers get very loud with good enough bass
  • Excellent battery life from the 6000 mAh cell - the battery can last a whole day with heavy use, with light to moderate use it can be stretched for the second day
  • Very good fast charging from the 33W fast charger - it takes little over an hour to charge the phone completely
  • The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones in its segment - it crams in a huge battery, solid screen, good cameras, and excellent performance for an unbeatable price, add in the great audio setup and it makes for a fantastic package
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a very shiny, reflective rear panel - you'll see light play across the surface when using this phone, giving the feeling of depth
  • The distinctive new camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a nice design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and make this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and definitely defies expectations for its price category
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key and it is extremely fast at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top, and can be used to control several home appliances
  • There's also a notification and charging LED hidden in the earpiece, a rarity to find in modern smartphones
  • Bright, crisp and large 6.67-inch IPS display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Class-leading performance for the price backed by the snappy Snapdragon 720G - the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more than powerful enough to handle anything from basic calls and messaging all the way up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • Good quad camera at the back - a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Daylight shots from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turn out quite well - photos look sharp and the details are good - phone automatically enables HDR in appropriate situations
  • The Ultra-wide camera on the device offers a wider field of view with good quality images - wide-angle correction is implemented which prevents barrel distortion
  • Xiaomi has done a particularly good job at optimising the portrait mode and the phone does a fantastic job at edge-detection, creating a natural-looking blur
  • Macro camera is good for extreme close-ups - it captures very good details in good lighting conditions - the resolution is also higher at 5-megapixels than what you usually get from other smartphones
  • In low-light, the phone manages to keep noise under control and offer good images - with Night Mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures, the output is sharper, with much better detail, and objects in the shadows are more visible
  • The 32MP front camera is good - in daylight, you get sharp selfies - there is a portrait mode for the selfie camera as well, and it does manage to accurately separate the background from the subject
  • Video recording is decent as long as there's good light (though, in low-light the phone struggles to stabilise the footage and creates a shimmer effect)
  • Overall, it has one of the best camera performances in this price segment
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Excellent fast charging with the 33W fast charger in the box, takes nearly an hours to fill the phone completely, which is one of the fastest for this price
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is almost identical to it's younger sibling the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the only exceptions being the better cameras and faster charging - and if you value these features, it's worth spending the extra bucks on the Max
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A tad bit too bulky, measuring over 10mm and weighing over 225 grams
  • Brightness could have been better for direct sunlight use
  • There are still at least a dozen unnecessary apps pre-installed, though most of them can be uninstalled
  • At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is bulky and unwieldy
  • It is a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a high refresh rate - this is a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the back foot compared to its peers
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • However, if you are looking for a higher refresh display, you can consider the POCO X2 or the Realme 6, other specs are very similar
Expert Reviews
  1. The Poco X3 is an outstanding smartphone with a great specs sheet on a bargain price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty capable phone where the specs do translate to real-life usage
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones you can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Poco X3 make for a good smartphone to buy
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powerful, offers great battery life and packs in good cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Incredible camera, satisfactory performance
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 9 Pro Max is highly impressive... but the competition is tough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
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